Destruction Warlock DPS Spell List and Glossary — Dragonflight 10.0.2

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General Information

On this page, we present you with all spells and procs that you need to understand as a Destruction Warlock in World of Warcraft — Dragonflight 10.0.2.

If you were looking for WotLK Classic content, please refer to our WotLK Classic Destruction Warlock spells.

1.

Destruction Warlock Spell Summary

If you are new to the Destruction Specialization, this is a great place to start reading and begin breaking down the key spells that hold together this specialization. On this page we will discuss what abilities your specialization uses, how they influence gameplay and resource generation, and the ways they interact with each other and your cooldowns. If you have some experience with Destruction already, it is recommended you skip over this section and move on to the rest of the guide.

In order to utilize abilities more efficiently, check out the Macros section on the Addon page.

2.

Main Resources for Destruction Warlock

Soul Shards are the main resource of Destruction Warlocks. Each Soul shard is made up of 10 Soul Shard Fragments. Soul Shards and Fragments are generated by your filler spells and your DoT effect, and they can be spent on an extremely powerful nuke or an AoE damage-over-time effect. You can have a maximum of 5 Soul Shards (50 Soul Shard Fragments).

Mana is a secondary resource for Destruction Warlocks. Your main spells do not cost very much Mana to cast, and will never threaten your Mana pool. Utility spells, such as Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway, and crowd control abilities, such as Fear Icon Fear, cost relatively more Mana than ever before, so be wary about using them too liberally.

3.

Unlocking Abilities

This page lists all the different abilities available after reaching max level. If you are still in the process of leveling, check out the Warlock Leveling page, which offers detailed information on when you unlock all of these abilities.

4.

Basic Abilities for Demonology Warlock

These abilities are available no matter what talents you chose, and form the bread and butter of this specialization.

For more information on how to use these abilities together in your rotation, please read our rotation page.

4.1.

Soul Shard Generating Abilities

Immolate Icon Immolate is a damage-over-time spell that deals very high damage. It generates a Soul Shard Fragment when it ticks and additional Fragment on critical strikes. This should be kept applied at all times to targets who will live for 5 seconds or more.

Incinerate Icon Incinerate is your main filler. It generates 1 Soul Shard Fragment on hits and 2 Soul Shard Fragments on critical strikes.

4.2.

Demons

While leveling, Warlocks will learn to summon different demons, each one offering a unique set of abilities and therefore better suited for specific situations.

Summon Imp Icon Summon Imp is the first demon available, offering ranged attacks and a defensive dispel. It is better suited for scenarios where having an additional defensive dispel that does not come from a player is valuable, and when there will be frequent target swaps and a melee demon without a charge would waste precious seconds.

Summon Voidwalker Icon Summon Voidwalker is the second demon and the first melee. Sporting high armor, Taunt, and AoE is the better option to tank damage or to deal AoE.

Summon Sayaad Icon Summon Sayaad offers a unique debuff that increases the damage taken from the demon by up to 10% and slows the target by 50%, while also offering Seduction Icon Seduction as an additional form of crowd control. It is best suited for PvP and for pure single-target damage.

Summon Felhunter Icon Summon Felhunter is the only baseline pet with an interrupt and an offensive purge, making it desirable in those situations.

4.3.

Defensive Cooldowns and Tools for Destruction Warlock

Ability Abbreviation Description/Effect
Unending Resolve Icon Unending Resolve - A baseline defensive cooldown, combining damage reduction along with interrupt and silence immunity.
Fear Icon Fear - An iconic Warlock ability that allows to disorient a target for the duration, or until they suffer enough damage to snap out of it. It has no cooldown but is limited to 1 target at any time and has a relatively high mana cost.
Curse of Weakness Icon Curse of Weakness CoW Slows the target's attack speed; it is mostly useful against enemies (or classes) that hit hard with their auto attacks.
Healthstone Icon Healthstone HS These are unique consumables created by Warlocks that restore 25% of a target's total health with 3 charges, made using Create Healthstone Icon Create Healthstone or later Create Soulwell Icon Create Soulwell.
Health Funnel Icon Health Funnel - This initially sacrifices player health to heal their current pet over time; it is generally used to extend the survivability of the minion while under pressure.
Drain Life Icon Drain Life DL Channeled spell that transfers health from the target to the player; it is first and foremost a defensive tool to recover health points at the expense of lower damage output.
Eye of Kilrogg Icon Eye of Kilrogg - Summon a separate entity which the player controls instead of themselves, allowing you to remotely scout locations, without putting yourself in danger.
Unending Breath Icon Unending Breath UB Enables underwater breathing and most importantly increases swim speed.
Subjugate Demon Icon Subjugate Demon - Take control of any non boss Demon and use it as your main pet for its duration.
Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech - Passive that grants an absorption shield for 8% of all single target damage done, up to a maximum of 10% of maximum player health.
Soulstone Icon Soulstone SS Powerful utility that can be used both preemptively and reactively to resurrect a player in combat.
Command Demon Icon Command Demon - Condense, in a single keybind, your demon's most relevant active abilities:
Ritual of Doom Icon Ritual of Doom - Allows you to summon a Doomguard with the aid of 4 more players.
Ritual of Summoning Icon Ritual of Summoning - Allows you to create a summoning stone and summon party/raid members.
5.

Class Tree Active Abilities of Destruction Warlock

Ability Abbreviation Description/Effect
Fel Domination Icon Fel Domination FelDom Reduces the next demon summon cast time by 6 seconds and removes the Soul Shard cost.
Demonic Circle Icon Demonic Circle TP Allows you to place a rune for 15 minutes and to teleport to that location while removing movement-slowing effects.
Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush BR Toggled ability that provides a movement speed bonus and a minimum speed of 100% at the expense of your health as long as it is active.
Curses of Enfeeblement Icon Curses of Enfeeblement CoT/CoEx grant access to both Curse of Tongues Icon Curse of Tongues and Curse of Exhaustion Icon Curse of Exhaustion.
Howl of Terror Icon Howl of Terror HoT A disorient ability that can affect up to 5 targets within 10 yards of you. Works similar to Fear Icon Fear but can hit multiple targets and is instant-cast making it valuable in PvP.
Mortal Coil Icon Mortal Coil Coil Horrify effect that incapacitates a target for 3 seconds but above all heals the you for 20% of you total health. Extremely valuable both in PvP and PvE.
Amplify Curse Icon Amplify Curse - Empowers the next curse application. Abilities that apply a curse to multiple targets will also benefit from this active.
Banish Icon Banish - Allows you to phase a Demon or Aberration out, preventing any of their actions and making them immune.
Demonic Gateway Icon Demonic Gateway Gate, Gateway creates two points which players can travel between by interacting with. Players may only use the gateway once every 90 seconds.
Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact DP Sacrifices a portion of your current health to provide a much greater shield. Can be used while crowd controlled. Due its low cooldown and strength of the shield it is one of the main reason Warlocks are considered very durable and survivable.
Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury SF The only AoE stun Warlocks have access to, valuable in dungeons and PvP alike.
Shadowflame Icon Shadowflame - Offers an very strong slow in a cone in front of the you.
Summon Soulkeeper Icon Summon Soulkeeper - Pulses AoE damage based on the number of souls stored. Souls are received periodically while in combat and for every enemy slain, up to a maximum of 10 souls stored.
Inquisitor's Gaze Icon Inquisitor's Gaze - Summons an invulnerable guardian that deals moderate single-target damage.
Soulburn Icon Soulburn Sburn consumes a Soul Shard to enhance the next selected spell. The Drain Life and Healthstone interactions are arguably the strongest defensive options while also being the ones with the highest usability across various situations. The other choices can be equally powerful but they are answers to very specific scenarios.
6.

Class Tree Passive abilities for Destruction Warlock

Ability Abbreviation Description/Effect
Fel Pact Icon Fel Pact - Reduces the cooldown of Fel Domination increasing the frequency of use.
Demon Skin Icon Demon Skin - Empowers the Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech class trait offering passive generation while in combat.
Fel Armor Icon Fel Armor - Empowers Soul Leech Icon Soul Leech by staggering a portion of the damage received and offering passive damage reduction.
Fiendish Stride Icon Fiendish Stride - Reduces the health cost of Burning Rush Icon Burning Rush while also increasing the bonus movement speed.
Abyss Walker Icon Abyss Walker - Offers a very moderate damage reduction after using either Demonic Gateway or Demonic Circle.
Demonic Embrace Icon Demonic Embrace - Increases Stamina.
Demonic Inspiration Icon Demonic Inspiration - Increases pet attack speed each time you generate a full Soul Shard.
Wrathful Minion Icon Wrathful Minion - Provides a pet damage boost whenever you generate a full Soul Shard.
Demonic Fortitude Icon Demonic Fortitude - Increases yours and your pet's maximum health.
Teachings of the Satyr Icon Teachings of the Satyr - Reduces Amplify Curse Icon Amplify Curse's cooldown.
Desperate Pact Icon Desperate Pact - increases Drain Life Icon Drain Life's heal while below the health threshold.
Sweet Souls Icon Sweet Souls - Increases Healthstone Icon Healthstone's heal and makes it so any party/raid member that uses one of your Healthstones also heals you for the same amount.
Gorefiend's Resolve Icon Gorefiend's Resolve - Increases the amount of health and Mana a player will have when resurrected with a Soulstone Icon Soulstone
Nightmare Icon Nightmare - Adds a minor slow to targets after they have been feared.
Greater Banish Icon Greater Banish - Increases the usability of Banish Icon Banish, allowing it to target more type of enemies and doubling the base duration.
Strength of Will Icon Strength of Will - Increases the damage reduction component of Unending Resolve Icon Unending Resolve
Dark Accord Icon Dark Accord - Reduces the cooldown of Unending Resolve Icon Unending Resolve.
Ichor of Devils Icon Ichor of Devils - Reduces the amount of health sacrificed by Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact for the same shield value.
Frequent Donor Icon Frequent Donor - Reduces Dark Pact Icon Dark Pact's cooldown.
Accrued Vitality Icon Accrued Vitality - Adds a healing-over-time component to Drain Life Icon Drain Life.
Lifeblood Icon Lifeblood - Grants you Leech after using a Healthstone Icon Healthstone.
Dark Fury Icon Dark Fury - Increases Shadowfury Icon Shadowfury's range by 2 yards and reduces its cooldown.
Fel Synergy Icon Fel Synergy - Provides constant background healing for you and their pet.
Soul Link Icon Soul Link sl, link Transfer 10% of your damage taken to your pet instead. When using Grimoire of Sacrifice Icon Grimoire of Sacrifice it provides extra Stamina.
Teachings of the Black Harvest Icon Teachings of the Black Harvest - Enhance your pet's utility ability with a corresponding minor bonus effect.
Resolute Barrier Icon Resolute Barrier - Provides cooldown reduction on Unending Resolve Icon Unending Resolve whenever you suffer damage instances greater than a percentage of your maximum health.
Grimoire of Synergy Icon Grimoire of Synergy GoSyn Give 2 separate buffs with 2 separate chances to increase the damage of you and your pet.
Profane Bargain Icon Profane Bargain - Increases the damage transferred to your pet while below the health threshold.
Soul Conduit Icon Soul Conduit SC gives a chance for every Soul Shard spent to be refunded.
Demonic Resilience Icon Demonic Resilience - Reduces the chance you will be critically hit and also reduces the damage your pet takes.
Grim Feast Icon Grim Feast - Makes Drain Life Icon Drain Life deal more damage and subsequently heal faster.
7.

Specialization Tree Active Abilities of Destruction Warlock

Ability Abbreviation Description/Effect
Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt CB Single-target heavy damage ability that costs 2 Soul Shards. This damage is always a Critical Hit, and Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt does increased damage (1% damage per 1% crit) based on your Critical Strike rating. This should be cast when you have Soul Shards available and, ideally, an active damage cooldown or proc.
Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate conf Instant-cast spell with 2 charges. It generates 5 Soul Shard Fragments on cast, and the cooldown of the charges is reduced by Haste rating.
Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire RoF Consumes 3 Soul Shards and deals Fire damage in an area, over a period of 8 seconds (reduced by Haste).
Havoc Icon Havoc - Applies a debuff on a target that replicates all single-target abilities at 60% of their original strength.
Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire CDF Cooldown-channeling ability that shoots bolts randomly at any target affected by Immolate Icon Immolate.
Cataclysm Icon Cataclysm cata Ground-targeted AoE high damage spell that also applies Immolate Icon Immolate on enemies within 8 yards.
Soul Fire Icon Soul Fire SF Single-target hard-hitting ability on a 45-second cooldown that also applies Immolate Icon Immolate and generates 1 full shard.
Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn SBr single-target instant cast ability with 2 charges that has 50% additional Critical chance if the target has 20% health or less. It uses 1 Soul Shard but if the target dies within 5 seconds the Shard cost and the charge is refunded.
Grimoire of Sacrifice Icon Grimoire of Sacrifice GoSac Allows you to sacrifice your current demon to inherit their Command Demon Icon Command Demon ability and a chance to deal additional Shadow damage on your spells.
Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal infernal Targeted ability that deals Fire damage and stuns within an AoE. Upon landing, the Infernal generates 1 Soul Shard Fragment every 0.5 seconds for you. It deals damage every 2 seconds to all nearby targets, scaling with Haste. Infernal lasts 30 seconds and has a 3-minute cooldown period.
Dimensional Rift Icon Dimensional Rift rift Instant-cast ability that opens a random portal which does damage and generates 3 Soul Shard fragments on cast.
8.

Specialization Tree Passive Abilities of Destruction Warlock

Ability Abbreviation Description/Effect
Reverse Entropy Icon Reverse Entropy RE Gives your spells a chance to give 15% Haste for 8 seconds.
Internal Combustion Icon Internal Combustion IC Makes Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt consume up to 5 seconds of an active Immolate Icon Immolate to deal that damage immediately.
Backdraft Icon Backdraft - Makes Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate lower the cast time of your next Incinerate Icon Incinerate, Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt, or Soul Fire Icon Soul Fire.
Mayhem Icon Mayhem - Gives single-target spells a chance to apply a Havoc Icon Havoc at reduced duration to a nearby random target.
Pyrogenics Icon Pyrogenics - Increases the Fire damage targets affected by Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire take.
Roaring Blaze Icon Roaring Blaze RB Increases the damage of Soul Fire Icon Soul Fire, Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire, Immolate Icon Immolate, and Incinerate Icon Incinerate dealt to the target after a Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate.
Improved Conflagrate Icon Improved Conflagrate - Adds a third charge to Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate.
Explosive Potential Icon Explosive Potential EP Reduces the cooldown of Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate by 2 seconds.
Pandemonium Icon Pandemonium - Increases Havoc Icon Havoc's' duration or the chance for Mayhem Icon Mayhem to trigger.
Cry Havoc Icon Cry Havoc CH, cry Makes Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolts deal a portion of AoE damage when hitting targets debuffed by a Havoc effect.
Improved Immolate Icon Improved Immolate II Increases Immolate Icon Immolate's duration.
Inferno Icon Inferno - Increases Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire damage and gives it a chance to generate a Soul Shard.
Raging Demonfire Icon Raging Demonfire RD Increases the number of bolts fired off by Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire and each bolt increases the duration of every active Immolate Icon Immolates hit.
Rolling Havoc Icon Rolling Havoc RH Increases the damage you do for each spell duplicated by a Havoc effect.
Backlash Icon Backlash - Passively grants increased critical strike chance and makes Physical attacks directed to you have a chance to grant a instant Incinerate Icon Incinerate cast.
Fire and Brimstone Icon Fire and Brimstone FnB Makes Incinerate Icon Incinerate hit all targets nearby for a portion of the damage.
Decimation Icon Decimation - Reduces Soul Fire Icon Soul Fire's cooldown each time Incinerate Icon Incinerate and Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate hits a target below half their health.
Conflagration of Chaos Icon Conflagration of Chaos CoC Gives Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate and Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn a chance to guarantee the next cast to be a critical hit, dealing additional damage based on Critical Strike chance.
Flashpoint Icon Flashpoint FP Gives bonus Haste when Immolate Icon Immolate hits a target above the health threshold.
Scalding Flames Icon Scalding Flames ScF Increases Immolate Icon Immolate's damage.
Ruin Icon Ruin - Increases Conflagrate Icon Conflagrate, Channel Demonfire Icon Channel Demonfire, Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn, and Soul Fire Icon Soul Fire damage.
Eradication Icon Eradication erad Makes Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt apply a debuff that increases the damage taken from you for a short period of time.
Ashen Remains Icon Ashen Remains AR Increases Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt and Incinerate Icon Incinerate damage on targets affected by Immolate Icon Immolate.
Diabolic Embers Icon Diabolic Embers DE, embers Doubles the amount of Soul Shard fragments generated by Incinerate Icon Incinerate.
Ritual of Ruin Icon Ritual of Ruin RoR After spending 15 Soul Shards, makes your next Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire or Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt cost no Shards and cast 50% faster, respectively.
Crashing Chaos Icon Crashing Chaos CC Reduces the shard cost by 1 of the next 3/6 casts of Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt, Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn, or Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire after casting Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal.
Infernal Brand Icon Infernal Brand IB Increases the damage your Infernal's Immolation will do with each Infernal melee attack on the target.
Power Overwhelming Icon Power Overwhelming PO Gives bonus Mastery for each individual Soul Shard spent. The additional stacks will not refresh the duration. Stacks are counted before Shard cost reduction from Crashing Chaos Icon Crashing Chaos.
Madness of the Azj'Aqir Icon Madness of the Azj'Aqir madness Increases the damage of subsequent casts of Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire and Shadowburn Icon Shadowburn while also reducing the cast time of Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt for a short period of time.
Master Ritualist Icon Master Ritualist MRi Reduces the amount of Soul Shards required to trigger Ritual of Ruin Icon Ritual of Ruin.
Burn to Ashes Icon Burn to Ashes BtA Increases the damage of the next two Incinerate Icon Incinerates after casting Chaos Bolt Icon Chaos Bolt or Rain of Fire Icon Rain of Fire.
Rain of Chaos Icon Rain of Chaos RoC Gives each Soul Shard spent during Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal duration a chance to spawn an additional Infernal.
Grand Warlock's Design Icon Grand Warlock's Design GWD Reduces the cooldown of Summon Infernal Icon Summon Infernal for each Soul Shard spent.
Chaos Incarnate Icon Chaos Incarnate CI Makes Soul Shard spenders always benefit from the maximum value of Mastery.
Avatar of Destruction Icon Avatar of Destruction AoD, avatar Summons a Blasphemy each time Ritual of Ruin Icon Ritual of Ruin is triggered.
9.

Changelog

  • 28 Nov. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight launch.
  • 25 Oct. 2022: Updated for Dragonflight pre-patch.
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